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  1. 1. Public & Collaborative Services: Case StudyTrade School New Yorkhttp://tradeschool.ourgoods.org/about/DescriptionTrade School celebrates practical wisdom, mutual respect, and the social nature ofexchange. Trade School demonstrates that value is subjective, and that New YorkersARE interested in supporting one another. Where else will you find a teacher’sknowledge (the class) right next to the teacher’s wish list (the barter items)? TradeSchool is a small part of the solidarity economy- economic practices that reinforcevalues of mutualism, cooperation, social justice, democracy, and ecologicalsustainability. I hope Trade School allows mutual respect to emerge between people.With mutual respect, anything is possible. An informal learning exchange based on thebarter system.Citizen RoleTeachers, organizers and students.Public RoleTrade School has been asked to present at public organizations, universities andmuseums. These entities support through exposure.Degrees of InvolvementBelow are a few examples of why people can get involved. As student, organizer or teacher.Louise Ma: Im interested in an open forum where theoretical and technical investigations can co-exist, where low-brow and high-concept can cross-pollinate. Im for an environment where peopleare brought together by the passionate interests they share with their peers.Saul Melman: Team Topic: Janet, Q, Aly, Nelson
  2. 2. Public & Collaborative Services: Case StudyService Diagram Team Topic: Janet, Q, Aly, Nelson
  3. 3. Public & Collaborative Services: Case StudyEnabling SystemsTrade School is based on the barter for instruction system. From the website:How much work is it?The first time (2010), everyone contributed time and materials to support thecommunities that value cooperation over competition. Rich Watts bartered design workfor GrandOpenings storefront space and help conceptualizing Trade School. Louise Ma Team Topic: Janet, Q, Aly, Nelson
  4. 4. Public & Collaborative Services: Case Studyand Rich Watts designed the website and Caroline Woolard coordinated with teachers tomake the class schedule. We made a weatherproof flag, bucket furniture, hook-filledshelving, and a huge chalkboard. Incredibly rigorous, creative thinkers gave time toTrade School from day one.This time (2011), we wanted to open Trade School for longer than a month, and neededto raise money to pay for rent because we couldn’t find anyone who would barter with usfor a three month rental in Manhattan. We raised money on Kickstarter, and after a LOTof searching and discussion with various venues, we were approached by Old School at32 Prince. It’s an old classroom in Nolita, so it’s perfect. Saul Melman joined our team aswell, helping to coordinate and conceptualize the project. We also have a handful ofgenerous volunteers, and more enthusiastic teachers and students than ever.Role of Digital EnvironmentTheir web-site is a way for Trade School to get the word out, promote their goals,schedule classes and to call for volunteers. They have also used sites such as Kick-Starter to help fund and support Trade School.Background / HistoryThe service started in 2010. From the founders of Our Goods: OurGoods.org is a barternetwork for creative people. Three of the five co-founders of OurGoods jumped at anopportunity to barter for storefront space in February 2010, and Trade School began. ButTrade School is just one of many possible barter spaces for face to face interaction. Team Topic: Janet, Q, Aly, Nelson